Remotely Piloted Aircraft: “Little Wonders” Powered by FOGs

DSP 1750 Single Axis
KVH's DSP-1750 fiber optic gyro (single-axis configuration)

 

DSP 1750 Single Axis
KVH’s DSP-1750 fiber optic gyro (single-axis configuration)

“AF: UAV pilots will eventually outnumber others” reads the headline in a recent issue of Air Force Times. The story goes on to quote the commander of the Air Force’s Air Education and Training Command, saying that pilots of remotely piloted aircraft will become more prevalent in the Air Force than pilots of manned aircraft. Not surprising considering today’s perfect storm of severe defense budget belt tightening, and rapid tech advancements in unmanned systems of all kinds.

Feels good to know that KVH engineers are way ahead of the curve on this trend – having already developed the world’s smallest precision fiber optic gyro (FOG), we are now focused on expanding tiny high-performance gyros into precision inertial systems.  After all, designers and manufacturers of all these autonomous systems need small, precise and affordable gyros and inertial systems that help deliver the stabilized navigation, guidance, precision pointing and geo-referencing that make these systems the little wonders that they are.

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Manager, Inertial Navigation Marketing and Global Proposals

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